We love wood. It’s natural. It’s honest. It’s time-honored and sustainable. We hope it inspires you as much as it does us.

Solid Wood – lasting natural beauty and durability

For us, making our furniture from solid wood is as natural as it gets. The American hardwoods that we use for our furniture are the Native Northeastern hardwood species White Ash, Red Maple, and Red Oak. These species produce beautiful wood that is ideal for crafting quality solid wood furniture with timeless appeal. When customers buy our wood furniture, they can be certain that it has been built out of high quality local wood that will last for decades. This durability ensures that Manchester Wood furniture is an excellent possibility for those interested in heirloom pieces.

Ensuring quality begins with high grade hardwoods

Wood, we buy all of our lumber under grading rules set forth by the National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA Grading Guide (PDF)). The NHLA has specific guidelines for each grade of wood based on things like the amount and size of knots, wane, color, sap, length and width of board, etc. These guidelines are used by foresters at sawmills to grade wood as it is cut. Manchester Wood buys NHLA #1 common and #2 common graded wood for all of our home and office furniture. This wood comes from Northeastern Forests in States such as Vermont and New York. Once the wood arrives at Manchester Wood, we inspect it even further and remove knots and other blemishes before it is ready for use. Use of NHLA grading rules ensures that all of our furniture is built out of high quality wood that will last your family for years.

We use only SFI certified hardwoods

All the hardwood that Manchester Wood uses for its furniture comes from sustainably managed local forests across the Northeast that are certified by the Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI). We are conveniently situated between the forests of New York’s Adirondacks and Vermont’s Green Mountains which provide us with much of our lumber. Using local lumber not only supports the local timber industry, but also cuts down on energy spent on transport. All of the wood we use for our solid wood furniture – whether it is an Adirondack chair or a slate top coffee table – is SFI certified as sustainable and eco friendly. Buying local lumber means that it is easy for us to know that it comes from sustainably managed forests and has not been harvested illegally.

We craft every piece of our furniture to exacting standards

In addition to using durable, quality materials, we take care to manufacture our wood furniture to high standards: each piece of furniture is worked and finished with precision and attention to detail. Our workers have years of experience manufacturing wood furniture and we believe it shows in the quality of our final products. This is why we at Manchester Wood stand behind all of our solid wood furniture with a 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee.

Following industry wide Green certification standards

Green certification of the wood we use for our furniture is a relatively new development within the industry and standards are still evolving. Consequently, there are at least five eco friendly certification standards in use across North America: 1) American Tree Farm Systems, 2) Canadian Standards Association, 3) Forest Stewardship Council, 4) Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes and 5) Sustainable Forestry Initiative. Of these programs, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC - http://www.fsc.org/) and the Sustainability Forest Initiative (SFI - http://www.sfiprogram.org/) are the most widely used in determining whether wood is green and sustainable.

SFI and FSC certification are similar on the three central issues of sustainable timber production: 1) chain of custody, 2) labeling of products and 3) use of non-certified wood in final products. Participants are required to have an auditable monitoring system for all flows of wood that they deal with or a chain of custody from harvest all the way to the manufacture of finished wood designs. Both systems use their own set of labels to identify wood and wood products that adhere to their sustainable certification standards. These labels reflect the percentage of material from certified forests. Both the SFI and the FSC strictly prohibit the use of illegally harvested timber for use in certified products as illegal logging typically results in tremendous damage to the local ecosystem.

Certification systems are still developing and maturing; hence there are still questions that need to be answered and issues that need to be resolved. However, we firmly believe that by embracing lumber certification now we will facilitate this process. We look forward to the day when eco friendly lumber is the international standard for both the timber harvesting and wood manufacturing industries.